What Is The Difference Between Perfectionism and Self-Improvement?

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As we set goals for the year, it is important that we look at progress in a healthy and sustainable way. ‘Perfection’ leaves no room for growth but ‘self-improvement’ can set you up for success. Read on to learn more.


This is a personality style where the person needs to be or has to appear perfect. This often involves a critical evaluation of the self and others.

With perfectionism, we attach our self-worth to something unattainable, which sets us up for failure.

Perfectionists often come from environments where they were only acknowledged for achievement, which creates a belief system that says: I am only what I accomplish.

With this mindset, we limit our identity and give our power away.


This mindset, on the other hand, starts with the acceptance that we are not perfect, but we can strive to be our best.

Our best can look different everyday, and can depend on the situation or person. Moreover, it is more sustainable because self-improvement is as much about the journey as it is about the end goal.

With self-improvement, you are not threatened by making mistakes or criticism – you instead see these obstacles as an opportunity to grow. With this mindset, we take control of our situation and are better equipped to persevere.

Need guidance on how to shift your mindset from perfectionism to self-improvement? Book a session with one of our psychologists today.

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